October 4, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
California Department of Transportation
1120 N St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Contact: Dennis Trujillo, (916) 654-5782
FASTRAK ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION TO BEGIN ON BAY AREA BRIDGES
Installation of the FasTrak electronic toll collection system on the state-owned Bay Area toll bridges will begin this month and continue until the end of the year.
Under an agreement signed by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Adesta Communications, the FasTrak toll collection system will be up and running on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge October 25. The remaining bridges will be outfitted with FasTrak by the end of the year.
"The system is ready to go and we encourage motorists using the Bay Area’s toll bridges to take advantage of the convenience that this automated toll collection system provides," said Maria Contreras-Sweet, Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. "I applaud Caltrans Director Jeff Morales and the Department for moving aggressively to make this service available to the people of the Bay area."
Morales said the agreement, "clears the way for the contractor to proceed with installing the system on all the Bay Area toll bridges."
Under the deployment schedule, FasTrak will be available:
FasTrak has been in place on the Carquinez Bridge since 1997. FasTrack tags will be able to be used on all seven state toll bridges in the Bay Area as well as the Golden Gate Bridge.
Initially, dedicated lanes will be available for electronic toll collection users at each bridge. Installation work will continue to adapt additional toll lanes with the FasTrak system.
FasTrak customers receive a small wireless transponder that is easy to install on the windshield inside your car. Each time you travel in the designated FasTrak lane(s), an overhead antenna reads the transponder and debits the toll amount from a pre-paid account.
Applications for FasTrak can be accessed from the Internet at www.dot.ca.gov/fastrak or by contacting the FasTrak Customer Service Center at 888-725-TRAK.
Caltrans is a department within the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency that operates and maintains California’s transportation system. For more information about the department, please visit its Web site at www.dot.ca.gov. Information about the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency is available on the Internet at www.bth.ca.gov.
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